Student-built home proves popular

The Middle Districts Lions Club has sold a home built by UCOL students for $127,500 at auction, with the profits going to charity.

A family trust bought the home and while its new owner wishes to remain anonymous, he told the Manawatu Standard the home would be put on an existing section and would be landscaped and fenced to make "a quality rental property in town".

The relocatable three-bedroom house was built under cover in a large hangar in Amesbury St, fitted out with high-quality chattels and flooring, and then painted and decorated before going under JVL real estate's auction hammer last week.

Lions Club President Russell Gibson said the project was a big task for the club.

"This was a major project for our club to take on, but local businesses and organisations have helped make this a reality. The profits from the home sale will be spent on local people and organisations in need," Mr Gibson said.

Those who will benefit from the money raised include the new Ronald McDonald House in Wellington and 11-year-old Terrea Lucas, who had a rare degenerative eye disease that causes blindness.

Terrea has now had successful corrective surgery.

JVL sales agent Kevin Kelliher said the home was fought over, with interest being shown from several parts of the country and several bidders getting in on the action, including five via phone.

Mr Gibson said the club had been supporting Palmerston North's community for more than 40 years.

He said he wanted to thank everyone involved for supporting families and communities in need.

UCOL's trades programme manager Danny Reilly said he could not be happier about the benefits of UCOL trade students putting their new-found skills directly to work.

This was the fifth house students have constructed and Mr Reilly said they were all inspired by their success. The new owner is impressed with the quality of workmanship.

Manawatu Standard